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License Plate Sticker Colors, Part 3: 1995-present

These tables summarize the colors of validation stickers used on passenger-car and motorcycle license plates in all North American jurisdications during the last twenty years. Stickers indicating years of issue and primary use (as opposed to dates of expiration) are noted in italics.

Several interesting trends have come about in this time. One is the increasing use of point-of-sale terminals to generate license plate renewals and print validation stickers on demand. These systems often utilize laser printers, and allow for the license plate number to be printed on the sticker itself. Unfortunately, these trends have been regressive in terms of aesthetics and utility. Nine of the states that use such a system don't even bother changing the sticker stock color from year to year, making it impossible to tell at a glance whether a tag has expired or not. Many more no longer use color schemes that involve print colors other than black.

Another emerging trend has been the elimination of plate stickers themselves. Due to the growing ubiquity of computers in law-enforcement work, police officers can access details about registration records without needing to rely on stickers to establish validity. Validation stickers have been eliminated altogether by Quebec, New Jersey, Connecticut, Saskatchewan, and (as of February 2014) the Northwest Territories; while New York, Texas, and the D.C. currently issue stickers for windshield use and for motorcycles and trailers only.

United States
< Alabama 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Alaska 95 96 97 98 99 00a 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12b 13b 14b 15 16
Arizona Emission 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08c 09a 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Non-emission 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
Arkansas 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
California 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
< Colorado Emission 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Non-emission 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03
Connecticut 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09d 10d 11d 12d Stickers discontinued.
Delaware Combined month-year stickers in various colors. e f 11f 12f 13f 14f 15f 16f
District of Columbia 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03g 04g 05d 06d 07d 08d 09d 10d 11d 12d 13d 14d 15d
Florida 95 96 97 98 99 00 01h 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
< Georgia 95 96 97 98 99 00b 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09i 10 11 12 13 14 15
Hawaii 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04b 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Idaho 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08a 09b 10b 11 12 13 14 15
Illinois 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Indiana 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Iowa 95 96 97c 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
< Kansas 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
KentuckyCars 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Motorcycles 95 96 ?
Louisiana 95 96 97h 98h 99 00 01 02 03a 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Maine 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Maryland 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09ab 10a 11a 12 13 14 15 16
< 95j
Massachusetts 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Michigan 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Minnesota 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Mississippi 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Missouri 95 96 97 - 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
< MontanaCars 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Motorcycles 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 PERM Stickers discontinued after 2003.
Nebraska 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Nevada 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04b 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
New Hampshire 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
New Jersey 95d 96d 97d 98d 99d 00g 01 02 03 04 05 06d 07d 08d 09d 10d 11d Stickers discontinued.
< New Mexico 95 96 97 98 99 00 01a 02a 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
New York (motorcycles) 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
North Carolina 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
North Dakota 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05b 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Ohio 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Oklahoma 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
< Oregon 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Pennsylvania 95 96 97 98 99 00 01g 02g 03g 04g 05g 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rhode Island 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
South Carolina 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
South Dakota 95 96 97 98 99 00b 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Tennessee 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Texas (motorcycles) 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06a 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Utah 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Vermont 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04a 05a 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Virginia 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Washington 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
< West Virginia 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Wisconsin 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Wyoming 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15

a Some examples of these stickers were black on white.

b Some examples of these stickers had black characters on a color background.

c Some examples of these stickers were white on black.

d Issued to motorcycles only. Passenger cars issued windshield stickers instead (except for 2006-11 New Jersey, where no visible validation was used).

e Beginning in December 2005, newly-issued Delaware validation stickers have been black on white regardless of month and year. Expirations from December '06 to (presumably) November '10 existed in both old and new color schemes.

f Stickers used on Delaware's optional "Centennial Plate" base (introduced October 2008) have been black on gold.

g Or windshield/window sticker.

h Some examples of these stickers were black on yellow.

i Later examples of these stickers had black print and white fields on a color background.

j Used on the optional "Treasure the Chesapeake" baseplate.


Canada
< British Columbia 95 96a 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Alberta 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Saskatchewan 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 Stickers discontinued.
Manitoba 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Ontario Jan-Mar 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Apr-Jun 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
< Jul-Sep 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Oct-Dec 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Québec Validation stickers discontinued after 1992.
New Brunswick 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Nova Scotia 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Prince Edward Island 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
< Newfoundland & Labrador 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Yukon Territory 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Northwest Territories 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12b 13 14 15 Discontinued
Nunavutc 12 13 14 15

a Later examples of British Columbia '96 stickers were pink on white:

96

a Later examples of Northwest Territories '12 stickers were white on green:

12

c Nunavut existed as part of the Northwest Territories until 1999.

With special thanks to: Jeff Ellis, Mike Franks, Eric Maki, John Northup.

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